NOBUO KUBOTA: Chant

Synopsis / Credits / Hokusai Revisited / Thoughts

Synopsis:

Abstract expressionist musician, sculptor, sound poet, architect, videographer, zen buddhist, performance artist. Nobuo Kubota’s creative riffs resonate through all disciplines. Waves of rhythmic motion pulse through Chant as filmmaker Linda Corbett captures the work of the Vancouver-born artist and 2009 Governor General’s Award recipient. The resulting collaboration is a potent, playful, visual and sonic feast.

eyeris inc. 2009© RT: 48:28

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About the film:

The challenge for filmmaker Linda Corbett as she began a two-year collaboration with Vancouver-born, 2009 Governor General’s Award recipient, Nobuo Kubota, was how to capture the extraordinary range of this multifaceted contemporary artist. Kubota’s free-flowing, multidisciplinary approach often manifests as a wave form, a central theme in his work. His art is neither precious, nor permanent. The process is the journey. He is an abstract expressionist musician, sculptor, sound poet, architect, videographer, zen buddhist, and performance artist. Nobuo Kubota’s creative riffs resonate through all disciplines.

As a boy Nobuo spent 4 years in an internment camp for Japanese Canadians. As a young man he studied architecture and lived for a year in Japan studying Zen Buddhism. It was there he learned to chant. But he “...was memorizing sounds, not rational words that [he] could understand”.

Chant features exclusive clips from Kubota’s pioneering video and sound work, archival stills, sculpture, installations, performance video, and works on paper. In Hokusai Revisited, his latest major installation, visual elements of transformation, architecture, pattern repetition, and the rhythm of water blend by intention and by random synchronicity to create a multi-dimensional whole. In the sequence “chant”, a new improvisational vocal performance by Kubota, with its traces of Noh, Kabuki and scat singing, merge with Corbett’s explosive, layered visual animation.

Waves of rhythmic motion pulse through Chant carrying viewers along a river of images and sound from the work of this contemporary master. The resulting retrospective is a potent, playful, visual and sonic feast.

The documentary follows the set-up of 'Hokusai Revisited', his latest major sculpture/video-projection installation. Here, visual elements of transformation, architecture, pattern repetition and the rhythm of water blend by intention and synchronicity to create a multi-dimensional work of art. In the sequence 'chant', an improv vocal performance by Kubota, with traces of Noh, Kabuki and scat, merges with Linda Corbett's explosive, multi-layered visual animation.

Waves of rhythmic motion pulse through CHANT carrying viewers along a river of images and sound from the work of this contemporary master. The resulting retrospective is a potent, playful, visual and sonic feast.



link: Governor General's Awards
link: Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

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